As the warm, summer sun looked down on the park and I sat watching the brilliant colors of red, white, and blue rippling on the tall silver flagpole in front of me, I began to think back on the exciting journey that has been my life.
It was only four short years ago in February of 2007 that I proudly stood before the beauty of Old Glory and pledged to defend our constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. I shipped off that day, excited and nervous, but ready and willing, for basic combat training in the United States Army at Fort Benning, GA.
It was four years of dreadfully early mornings, hard work, and sometimes dehumanizing treatment. I remember being in the pushup position while being screamed at or being a part of some detail with no other point but to fill time. I remember standing during retirements and funerals at the position of attention for hours in the hot sun dressed in a full ceremonial dress blue uniform made of wool watching men around me pass out just from standing in the heat for so long.
It was during those painful times that I arduously willed the time to go by faster, but it never seemed to happen. The slow, cruel moments dragged on. The harsh months wouldn’t pass. The long years just wouldn’t end.
And then I blinked…
And it was over.
Despite the sometimes difficult conditions, I seldom spent my downtime simply relaxing. Almost daily, I found myself face-deep in a book, searching through some online tutorial, or working to improve my blog and my online skills.
Today, I’m out of the military and I now enjoy a healthy online income. Periodically, I’ll post about that income on Twitter or Facebook and without fail, people will message me privately and ask me how much I charge to set them up with a blog that makes them money like this one makes.
What they fail to understand is that this blog is over two years old. I’ve spent time learning, growing myself, and growing my blog and in their minds they can just jump in and have one overnight.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. It was built day by day.
So dig in. Don’t get discouraged. Take the time to learn your skill and become the best you can at it and soon, you’ll be passing me up.
I’ll see you at the top.